Byron Writers Festival (6-8 August 2021) celebrates 25th Anniversary and reveals first guests

We are thrilled to share a taste of what’s in store for Byron Writers Festival 2021. Join us this 6-8 August for a three-day festival of ideas, conversation and storytelling in one of the world’s most beautiful coastal locations.

Award-winning journalist and Phosphorescence author Dr Julia Baird, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and activist, historian and acclaimed author Tony Birch are some of the leading lights headed to Byron Bay to provoke and inspire audiences. Also joining the line-up are best-selling writer, essayist and lawyer Alice Pung, Goorie/Koori poet and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal Evelyn Araluen and Northern Rivers author Hayley Katzen, whose brilliant memoir Untethered has made waves in the local literary scene.

Discover more about these guests and their books on our Festival homepage.
Mark 23 June in your calendar for the full program announcement and all tickets on sale.

Sunday Locals’ Passes now on sale!

A limited release of Sunday Locals’ Passes are now available for purchase purchase online, over the phone or from the festival office. The discounted ticket is for entry to the Festival on Sunday 8 August and is priced at $90, a saving of $45 on the full ticket price. Conditions apply*

*Available to residents of the Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed council areas. Purchasers will need to present proof of address (maximum two tickets per person) upon ticket collection at the Festival Box Office. Limited release, available until sold out.

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2021 key dates and ticket prices

19 May
First guests announced, Sunday Locals’ Passes on sale (limited release)*, $90

22 June
Full program and 24 hour priority booking window available for members: 1-Day Pass, $110 members. Become a member.

23 June
Full program announced, all Festival, Workshop and Satellite Event tickets on sale: 1-Day Pass, $110 members / $135 general

6-8 August
Festival Weekend